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Preview #57: 6/2 vs. Marlins

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Today's Lineups

Starlin Castro - 2B Jarrod Dyson - CF
J.T. Realmuto - C Nick Ahmed - SS
Justin Bour - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Brian Anderson - RF David Peralta - LF
Derek Dietrich - LF Chris Owings - RF
Miguel Rojas - 3B Ketel Marte - 2B
JT Riddle - SS Deven Marrero - 3B
J.B. Shuck - CF Jeff Mathis - C
Caleb Smith - LHP Zack Greinke - RHP

A roster move, not entirely unexpected, before today’s game. Jorge De La Rosa has been put on the disabled list with right Achilles tendon bursitis, and Jake Barrett makes a return to the roster in Jorge’s stead. Barrett has appeared for the Diamondbacks before this year, but if you blinked, you probably missed it: there was only a single appearance, coming at the end of a 3-1 loss to the Nationals on May 11. He worked a scoreless ninth with one K. He has put up a 1.71 ERA over 21 innings this year for the Reno Aces, The walks have been a bit of an issue, with 14 of those, but that’s mostly the result of early struggles. Including his MLB frame, over his last 12 IP, Barrett has a very good K:BB of 19:4.

No word as yet on any timeline for De La Rosa. He has an ERA of 3.54 this year, which is a good deal lower than it feels, and his FIP is almost two runs higher at 5.44. That’s largely a result of an unimpressive K:BB of 11:9. Regression has also bitten with a vengeance in regard to inherited runners: after stranding all but one of the 33 he received last year, in 2018 De La Rosa has already let six of sixteen score. He has been good enough with the platoon advantage, holding left-handed batters to a .182 average and .556 OPS. But he has walked more right-handers than he has struck out, helping them to a .375 OBP. I can’t say I feel his absence will hit us particularly hard, even if limiting platoon options a bit.

Incoming complaints about John Ryan Murphy not being in the line-up in 3.. 2.. 1.. But, of course, it’s a Zack Greinke start, and so that means Jeff Mathis is behind the plate. Murphy has been getting his share of outings. Of the last 12 games, he has started six (including once as the DH), with Alex Avila starting four (all against right-handed bats) and Mathis three (two of which were Greinke starts). I’m fine with the way Lovullo has handled things: fans have a tendency to over-react to small sample sizes, e.g. many (including me) were calling for Fernando Rodney to lose his closer’s spot in April last year. That worked out okay. So, in Torey we trust...